Larry Bird met with the local media on Wednesday to discuss the future prospects for the Indiana Pacers, now that their NBA Playoffs run has ended this season. Bird, however, did not discuss his future as President of the Pacers. During the press conference, the 2011-12 NBA Executive of the Year sounded positive about this past season for his team, but gave no definitive indications as to whether or not he would be returning to help build the Pacers for next season.
“I love my job,” Bird said. “Obviously we went through some tough times, and now we’re reaping the benefits of what we saw three or four years ago. We had to change the culture, and if I had to grade ourselves on doing that, it’d have to be an A because we’ve got good kids here that are dedicated to this city and our community and they want to win basketball games. That’s the biggest thing for me: we’ve got good kids in here who want to be here.”
Bird contemplated on stepping down as President of the Pacers last season, but stayed on to watch the team have their best season in nearly a decade. Bird has helped to build this team back to winning ways through the draft, and with well placed free agents. If Bird does decide to stay with the Pacers, he will have cap room money to spare next season, if the team attempts to make a bid for any free agents. The Pacers also have the 26th overall pick in next month’s NBA Draft.
“I love this team, there’s no question about it. This is one of the best locker rooms we’ve had. The attitude has changed in the last few years. It’s been a breath of fresh air.”